SunPower donates solar system for food center in Austin, Texas

SunPower Corp. and SunPower Elite Dealer Freedom Solar completed a 14 kW solar power system for Austin’s Sustainable Food Center in Austin, Texas. The Sustainable Food Center cultivates a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food. The nonprofit organization hosts four farmers markets, provides organic food gardening classes, interactive cooking classes and nutrition education, and supports area farmers’, all in the Austin area.

Sunpower“Through our programs we work to get local, sustainably grown food into the hands of more people every day, which improves individual, environmental and economic health, and provides critical support for local family farms,” said Ronda Rutledge, executive director of Sustainable Food Center. “We’re grateful to SunPower and Freedom Solar for their generous donation, and expect the system to offset about 25 percent of our electrical usage and reduce our electricity costs by 40 percent or more. This will allow us to use those savings to enhance programs that the community has come to rely on for access to healthy and affordable food.”

The donated solar power system is composed of 36 high-efficiency SunPower solar panels. Freedom Solar employees volunteered their time to design and install the system. Operating since 2007, Freedom Solar, a SunPower Elite Dealer, has installed over 11 MW of solar panels for residential and corporate customers in the Austin area including Whole Foods, Office Depot and the University of Texas.

“We believe in providing a healthy environment across Texas,” said Adrian Buck of Freedom Solar. “We’re proud to partner with SunPower to give back to the community and provide a healthy, clean environment across Central Texas.”

— Solar Builder magazine

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